Ofsted have launched an investigation after a four year old boy was left at London Zoo whilst on a nursery school trip. The outing, organised by KidStuff, a privately run nursery in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire took the children on a trip to London Zoo.
The child somehow became separated from his carer and did not return to the coach at the end of the day with the rest of the group. The teachers were unaware and the coach left the zoo to return home without the child on board. It was subsequently discovered the infant was missing, 35 minutes later when the bus returned to Borehamwood and his mother was waiting for him.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they received a call reporting a missing child just before 3.00pm on Wednesday 9th September and it was soon realised that the boy was already being looked after by officers in attendance at the zoo. The child was returned to his mother at 4.20pm.
Owner said “no problems in the end”
The joint owner of KidStuff, only known as Malcolm, said that the incident was under investigation and said that the matter was “resolved fairly quickly” proving “no problems in the end.” He says he is unaware as to what exactly happened as he wasn’t on the coach and that although he was prepared to confirm it did happen, he was reluctant to offer any further explanation at this time as they were “seriously investigating” the incident.
Mums have no confidence
The school has a policy to ensure that one adult is responsible for three children throughout the duration of day trips. One mum said though she was re-considering sending her child to the nursery as the incident has left her too afraid to do so, saying parents “need to know about what happened.” She said she had wondered how anyone can “lose” a child and anyone could have taken him.
Ofsted status “good”
The nursery had its last Ofsted report in January 2014 and its status had risen from “requires improvement” to “good”.